is my favorite nurse in the world!The
surgery was scheduled for Friday the 14 at 9:00 AM.During recovery, I was told that my left leg
“extra veins” had been used to fix two of the needed bypasses, while mammary
arties (stronger) had been employed for the remaining one of the three, hence I
have a single small incision on my left leg, and the proverbial 8” scar in my
chest, reflective of the surgeons having sawed my sternum in two, opening me up
about 6 inches and doing their wonderful magic.
By , I was learning what life is like carrying a big red 18” stuffed
heart pillow around with me to hug like mad when a coughing fit hits.I mean that is nooooo fun.
is granted a couple of weeks off by Kaiser (do we like Kaiser?Yes!!) while I mend, and we’ve been
graciously blessed by ministers in Sonoma, not only visiting in San Francisco,
but preaching for me last Sunday and this coming:Larry Moore (Sonoma Christian Fellowship),
Jim Hill (Glen Ellen Community Church), Tim Christenson (Faith Presbyterian
Church) – Alan Piotter, retired from Faith Lutheran Church preached for me this
last Sunday, the 16th on very short notice, as will my predecessor
Tim Boeve, still a resident of Sonoma and a favorite of our congregation.Then, I recall that I was calendared to meet
with Nancy Taylor of the UnitedMethodistChurch
in Sonoma, my replacement as
secretary/treasurer of the Sonoma Valley Ministerial Association.We were to meet for work for the association
on that Friday the 14th. . .then . . .
Are we amazingly behind in
administrative details?Yup.Am a cared for more than I deserve?Yup!Do
I love it that Jan is here all day long?Absolutely!Do we rejoice that she had the best hospitalization available for this
Then there is SuJean Dabney, who
brought us a gorgeous quilt that needed to be tossed over me as I sit in our
living room, swinging between napping, dozing, watching the state of our world
on the news, reading and trying to respond to some of the many E-mails which
have backed up because of these last days experiences.
We are (I am!) blessed!
And, here it is Sunday morning,
the 23rd of November, and I’m much better, feeling more up, and will
probably go for three walks today, with Jan, lengthening to the place where
I’ll be able to make it to one of 3 coffee shops at the intersection of 5th
Street West and Napa
Street.J’sDecaf from now on.And, I’ll do it!
Today is the 11th of
December – just almost a month ago (tomorrow) when I went in for evaluation,
Yesterday, I had my last visit
with my surgeon, Dr. Richter, in San Francisco.He clarified for me what I’d misunderstood
earlier:while 5 arteries to the heart
were occluded, only three needed to be fixed in order for my heart to function
properly.I think our girls knew that,
but I’d been foggy on the details.
He further released me to drive
and said I no longer needed to worry about airbags re-breaking my sternum.
All in all, I still feel like I have
much over which to rejoice, not the least of which is, I’m still here!